How do you deal with stress? What do you do to remove it from your days? Too much stress can threaten your sleep, affect your relationships and give you gray hair.
Sleep loss and stress lead to other health risks, like premature aging and delayed response while driving; stress affects the decision making process and the ability to reason. But did you know that you can improve your stress level and, in turn, eliminate your sleepless nights in as little as ten minutes a day? There are ways to avoid the cyclical drain that stress creates.
Relaxation Through Meditation
People who practice mediation have a secret they don't mean to keep; that is—they don't stress out as much as people that don't meditate. Some therapists recommend it. Get to know yourself and keep a gentle peacefulness in your mind, body and spirit through this ancient practice. Quieting the mind has numerous benefits to it. You just have to choose to try. Everything else will fall into place.
How Do you Meditate?
There are many ways to meditate. The main purpose is to focus on one thing at a time. To clear your mind of clutter and concentrate. You'll want to sit somewhere quiet and focus on a single spot, whether it be the flame of a candle or a photo on the wall in front of you. There is the option of saying a mantra over and over again in your head to clear your mind. Another option is to drink Golden Moon loose tea to help you calm your mind and body. The ultimate goal is to have to ability to clear the mind of thought and worry completely.
Studies Prove It
Studies prove meditation can reduce stress, helping you relax. One study involved 45 families, each of which had a member who was caring for someone with dementia. Dementia caregivers are ten times more prone to depression than the average American, giving them a depression rate of 50 percent!
The caregivers also showed signs of stress-related inflammation. Continued inflammation can weaken the body's immune system and cause chronic health problems.
For the study, the caregivers were randomly sorted into two different groups. One group listened to 12 minutes of relaxing instrumental music every night. The other group practiced a type of yogic meditation, known as Kirtan Kriya, for those 12 minutes instead. The study went on for eight weeks.
The results? Those who had practiced yogic meditation showed a more significant decrease in stress-related inflammation and inflammation proteins; they were less stressed, more relaxed and their bodies weren't taking such a beating!
Meditation Helps You Sleep
People sleep easier and more restfully when they are less stressed. 10 minutes of meditation each day can help you fall asleep quickly and peacefully.
Some researchers have claimed meditation helps release melatonin in the body. Melatonin is the body's chemical signal to the rest of the body to shut down and go to sleep. Meditating at the same time every night can help you set your body's sleep rhythm, so you find it easier to go to sleep even on days you don't meditate.
Finally, meditation can help you learn to calm the thoughts going through your head. Even non-stressful thoughts can make it difficult to get to sleep. Learning to quiet your mind is all part of meditation practice and of getting a good night's rest.
Other Benefits of Meditation
Meditation has been used by many people to help them quit smoking, which in turn can help your life and health insurance rates go down drastically. Quitting smoking can save you money and save your life. Aside from relieving physical stress, meditation can help you remain calm in emotionally charged situations, which has a variety of benefits.
By: Donna Bloom. A former yoga instructor, Donna decided to turn her energy toward making recyclable, comfortable and affordable clothing for yogis and runners to enjoy. She loves talking about sustainable fashion.